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£50M funding for rail station upgrades

A £50 million construction fund for improving 10 key rail stations in England has been launched by transport secretary Lord Adonis following the independent Station Champions’ report.

The 10 stations are Clapham Junction, Barking, Stockport, Manchester Victoria, Preston, Wigan North Western, Liverpool Central, Warrington Bank Quay, Crewe and Luton.

The report focuses on consistent levels of facilities, greater emphasis on getting to and from stations by bus, bike or car, and more effective integration of public transport.

The Government is now consulting with councils and rail operators on how best to implement recommendations put forward in the report.

“Train travel has improved a good deal in recent years, but more needs to be done to improve conditions and services for passengers at stations,” said Adonis

“I want every station to be a good station, a hub of local community life and somewhere that you wouldn’t mind spending time, with adequate facilities.

“I support the report’s recommendations, and intend to make these minimum standards a requirement in future rail franchise agreements with train operating companies.”

Readers' comments (1)

  • "I want every station to be a good station, a hub of local community life and somewhere that you wouldn’t mind spending time, with adequate facilities." Yes of course every station should be a good station, but the purpose of a station is a place to catch a train not to be a destination in its own right. Of course you need commercial activities but they should suppport not hinder the primary role of the station.

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